Food Posters From the Past are Recipes for the Present

What's Past is Prologue

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A couple of years ago I was surprised to see that the message on a poster from World War II was awfully similar to the messages we were trying to send at TreeHugger, such as growing your own food, walking instead of driving, and conserving everything we have. Two years ago I did a slideshow, Frugal Green Living: Posters for the Movement, and last year I used them as we counted down to Copenhagen: Posters from the Past that Can Guide Us in the Future. I have been collecting American, Canadian and British posters ever since, and use them in lectures on the importance of heritage.

The first of two slideshows, this one on food posters comes from one of the best sources, the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis.

Credit: Maine Historical Society